By Kayla Zastrow
Jonny T-Bird & the MPs
Saturday 3/25 | Mosinee Brewing Company, Mosinee
Jonny T-Bird & the MPs belt out a soulful mix of blues and originality. The group has been fronted by Jon “Jonny T-Bird” Neuberger since 2009, and while many bandmates and shows have come and gone, the fresh energy delivered by Jonny and the band remains the same. With five albums and a WAMI nomination, these guys never disappoint. According to New Jersey Blues Society, “Every track is a fascinating listening experience, featuring a powerful band that just kills it here”. 7 pm. For details call 715-693-2739.
Kathleen Madigan: Boxed Wine & Tiny Banjos
Saturday 3/25 | Grand Theater, Wausau
Comedian Kathleen Madigan’s 32-year comedy career is showing no signs of slowing down. She’s been touring 250 nights a year on the road and has risen from performing in comedy clubs to performing in marquee theaters with sold-out shows. Madigan has squeezed in over 40 appearances on late night talk shows and multiple comedy specials airing on Netflix, Comedy Central and HBO. She has also appeared on Jerry Seinfeld’s popular Netflix series, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee and made the most of the pandemic by launching a podcast, Madigan’s Pubcast, on all streaming outlets. Her most recent special Bothering Jesus is her fifth hour long stand-up special and third special to be available on Netflix. Enjoy a laughter-filled evening at this show. Starts at 7:30 pm. Tickets start at $39. Details at Grandtheater.org.
The Belle Weather
Sunday 3/26 | Campanile Center for the Arts, Minocqua
The Belle Weather is a Sheboygan-based act with incredible talent and creativity. Over the years, they’ve blended many influences into a sound that is uniquely their own and bring a rare combination of gritty, sweat-drenched energy and honest, heart-felt sonic grace to the stage. Equal parts modern folk and indie rock, they are a fusion of inspired anthems and the art of simple storytelling. Starts at 2 pm. $25 adult, $15 student. Details at campanilecenter.org.
The Simon & Garfunkel Story
Tuesday 3/28 | Grand Theater, Wausau
Using huge projection photos and original film footage, this immersive, concert-style theatrical show features a full live band performing all the Simon & Garfunkel hits including “Mrs. Robinson,” “Cecilia,” “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” “Homeward Bound” and many more. The story chronicles the amazing journey of the folk-rock duo, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel from humble beginnings, to their incredible success as one of the best-selling music acts of the 1960s, to their dramatic split in 1970. It culminates with the famed Concert in Central Park reunion in 1981. With more than 100 million album sales since 1965, Simon & Garfunkel’s perfect harmonies and songs that poignantly captured the times made them one of the most successful folk-rock duos of all time. Over the years, they won 10 Grammy Awards and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990. In 2003, Simon and Garfunkel were awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and the following year saw their song “The Sound of Silence” awarded a Grammy Hall of Fame Award. Starts at 7:30 pm. Tickets start at $35. Details at Grandtheater.org.
Immanuel Wilkins Quartet
Sunday 3/26 | Stevens Point Country Club
Jazz Cotrie is a jazz experience in Central and East Central Wisconsin that showcases emerging and established jazz artists from across the Midwest and the globe. This show features the Immanuel Wilkins Quartet. The music of saxophonist, composer, and recording artist Immanuel Wilkins is filled with empathy and conviction, bonding arcs of melody and lamentation to pluming gestures of space and breath. His acclaimed debut album, Omega, was even named the number one Jazz Album of 2020 by The New York Times! Starts at 7 pm. $35 general admission, free for students pursuing jazz studies, half off for musicians. Details at jazzcoterie.com.
Saturday 3/25 | Granite Peak Ski Resort, Wausau
This annual event is a totally fun way to enjoy skiing in the springtime. Competitors dressed in costume (yes, costumes are a must) give it their best as they try to skim their way across Granite Peak’s 100’ long pond of glory. Competitors who make it across will have a shot to win a 22/23 Season Pass! Starts at 12 pm with registration in the Historic Chalet upstairs from 10-11:30 am. Details at skigranitepeak.com.